Language Placement Testing

Are foreign language classes required for my degree?

If you are pursing a Bachelor or Arts degree (B.A), the answer is YES. Most Bachelor or Arts majors require language proficiency through the 201-level, although there are a few majors that require language proficiency through the 202-level. If you are pursing a B.B.A. in International Business, you are required to have a language minor (please discuss that requirement with your Seidman advisor). 

What is the Language Placement Exam?

Students who have studied a foreign language in school, or who have practical knowledge of a foreign language must take the language placement exam prior to enrolling for languages courses.

Students with no prior language education may enroll in 101 only.

NOTE: The exam is available for French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish students. Students in Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese should contact the language's section coordinator to schedule a meeting to discuss proper placement. 


How do I take the Language Placement Exam?

Currently, the Language Resource Center is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the move to remote teaching/learning/working. You can take the free placement exam remotely by emailing Veronica Clapp (clappve@gvsu.edu) with your name, G# (if a current GVSU student - if not a current GVSU student, name will suffice), and the language placement exam you'd like to take. She will email you the secure link for that placement exam. The link is only good ONE TIME. Please set aside about 30 minutes to take the exam. Your score will then be sent to the Registrar's Office to be added to your test record. 

The placement exam can be taken once per semester. Once you have completed a language course, you cannot take the placement exam in that same language to try to test higher. 

What Does My Score Mean?

At the end of your test, you will receive a score and placement recommendation. If you have questions about your placement, please contact that section's coordinator.

Students whose scores are extremely high (500 and above) may be placed in other courses. These students should contact their section coordinator to discuss options.

French

Score

Place Into

0-266

101

267-320

102

255-320

150

321-370

201

371+

202

395+

300 Level

German

Score

Place Into

0-279

101

280-340

102

270-340

150

341-394

201

395+

202

450+

300 Level

Italian

Score

Place Into

0-199

101

200-399

102

400-599

201

600+

202

Russian

Score

Place Into

0-199

101

200-399

102

400-599

201

600+

202

Spanish

Score

Place Into

0-200

101

201-240

150

241-300

102

301-370

201

371-440

202

441+

300 Level